Monday, July 24, 2017

Just a girl and her artificial pancreas

I promised some big news and then dropped the ball.  I'm so sorry if you've been waiting patiently (or impatiently) since I hinted at my big news on my post about resisting the AHCA.

(Our work there isn't done yet, by the way.  It seems as fast as we defeat one bill, they come up with another, even worse plan.  Stay on your toes and continue to make your phone calls, write your letters, and RESIST!)

But here's my big news!  Two months ago I got on the Medtronic 670G, the pump + CGM that is being called an artificial pancreas (even though that's probably a bit of an exaggeration).

Saturday, July 8, 2017


I apologize for not having blogged in so long, especially when there is so much going on with health care right now.  The AHCA had me terrified -- and the Senate version of the bill, even more so.

I hear a lot of denial from people -- "They couldn't possibly pass it!  How could they take health care away from millions of people?"  "They'll never agree long enough to pass it" and the like.  But the fact of the matter is, we said that about the House version of the bill, and it even appeared dead -- until suddenly it wasn't, and they held a vote and passed it.

I'm afraid they'll do the same with the Senate version of the bill, so here's what I'm asking everyone to do to help.

Monday, March 13, 2017

The American Diabetes Association and the medical community speak out

Independent doctors groups within the medical community, including the American Diabetes Association, have been speaking out against what people are calling "Ryancare," and what I called "Obamacare lite" in a couple of previous posts (Obamacare lite and More on Obamacare lite).

Here is the American Diabetes Association's press release about their misgivings regarding Ryancare:

American Diabetes Association Expresses Deep Concerns with Affordable Care Act Repeal Legislation and Impact on Millions with Diabetes

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

More on Obamacare lite

I posted last night about Obamacare lite, the newest GOP plan for replacing the ACA.  Although it's not a terrible plan and won't have quite the devastation as simply repealing Obamacare and all its protections, it definitely has some issues.  I mentioned some of them, such as the reduction in subsidies, last night.

But the more I read about it and talk to others, the more problems I'm finding, such as:

Monday, March 6, 2017

Obamacare Lite

Today Republicans announced their replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. "Obamacare lite," according to Rand Paul.

As the nickname would indicate, the plan isn't far from the ACA, which is a good thing for most of us.  The taxes would go away, but so also would some of the subsidies, which isn't as good a thing.  But there would still be subsidies for singles who make under $75,000 and families with total incomes over under $150,000.

Of course, my biggest concern would be how the plan treats preexisting conditions, and ensuring that they don't resurrect lifetime caps or high-risk pools.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The rape of the Affordable Care Act

I've resisted blogging in a long time.  At first, right after the election, I was just plain discouraged and sometimes downright depressed.  But as the headlines started piling up, I started to become energized and motivated to activism.  I was pretty active for weeks after the inauguration, although I've settled down now into a fairly steady, but not quite so consuming routine of activism.

Unfortunately, the more time passed, the more the headlines piled up, and now I just don't know where the ACA/Obamacare stands anymore.  There have been so many conflicting headlines:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Obamacare helps you more than you know

In my continued rant about the likelihood of losing the Affordable Care Act, which allows diabetics like myself to rest easy knowing we'll always be able to get health care, here is another gem:

6 Lesser-Known Obamacare Provisions That Could Evaporate

Obamacare didn't just mandate that everyone needed health insurance, any more than it just set up a marketplace where people could buy health insurance policies directly.  It even did more than protect people with preexisting conditions, like diabetes (although I have to admit that is my favorite part of it).  There are also a number of things the ACA did for us that we're going to regret losing.